The Diminutive Duke A Submissive Message in Robert Browning's "My Last Duchess"

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Chloe Lawrence


"The Diminutive Duke" is extrapolated from three separate essays written on Robert Browning's poem, "My Last Duchess." Through historical study, close readings and critical analysis, an incompetent Renaissance-era duke is shown to have a wounded ego. Instead of lashing out at society in defiance, as previous critics have described Browning's character, the case is made here to show that the duke surrenders impotently and subconsciously to the alpha-personalities he welcomes into his life.


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